Technical Pens Review

Updated: 13 Apr 2019

Review for recommended brands of Technical pens

Intro

What is a technical pen?

Review for 8 recommended brands of technical pens:

  1. Staedtler Pigment Liner
  2. Copic multiliner SP
  3. Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment
  4. Sakura Pigma Micron
  5. Uni PIN Fine Line
  6. Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen
  7. Edding 1800 Profipen
  8. Pilot Drawing Pen

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1. Staedtler Pigment Liner

Pigment Liner technical pen by Staedtler comes in 12 nib sizes, from 0.05mm to 1.2mm.

Indelible, lightfast and waterproof pigment ink.

According to Staedtler, these technical pens can be left uncapped for at least 12 hours without drying.

Staedtler Pigment Liner technical pen Staedtler Pigment Liner

Pros:

Cons:

Pen & ink drawing of a sailboat Sailboat drawing with Staedtler Pigment Liner

Conclusion:

With 12 nib sizes and high quality ink, the Staedtler Pigment Liner is a good example for an excellent artist-grade drawing pen.

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2. Copic Multiliner SP

Copic Multiliner SP technical pen comes in 9 nib sizes, from 0.03mm to 0.7mm, and a brush pen.

Filler & nibs for Copic Multiliner SP can be replaced when necessary.

Besides black, these technical pens come in 12 colors.

Copic Multiliner SP technical pen Copic Multiliner SP

In addition to the SP model, a non-SP disposable Multiliner technical pen exists, and it is cheaper.

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Copic Multiliner technical pen Copic Multiliner

Pros:

Cons:

Audi car pen drawing with Copic Multiliner Car drawing with Copic Multiliner SP

Conclusion:

Compared to other technical pens on this review, Copic is significantly expensive.

That said, it delivers with high quality, beautiful design and it is long-lasting.

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3. Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment

The Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment technical pen comes in 8 nib sizes, from 0.1mm to 0.8mm.

These technical pens are lightfast, meaning their ink is resistant to fading when exposed to light.

Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment technical pen Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment

In addition to the black pen, Faber-Castell's technical pens are available in 3 colors: red, green and blue.

Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment technical pen Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment
Winnie the pooh coloring page Winnie the Pooh drawing

Pros:

Cons:

Tree house pen drawing Tree house drawing with Ecco Pigment

Conclusion:

The Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment is flawless with superior ergonomic structure.

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4. Pigma Micron by Sakura

The Pigma Micron technical pen comes in 6 nib sizes, from 0.2mm to 0.5mm.

These technical pens have a durable ink made of pigments. They are manufactured by Sakura.

In addition to black, these technical pens come in 14 colors for the nib size 0.45mm. Fewer colors for other nib sizes.

Pigma Micron technical pen by Sakura Pigma Micron

Pros:

Cons:

Pen drawing of a house with Pigma Micron House drawing with Pigma Micron

Conclusion:

Not that versatile when it comes to nib sizes, but good price and quality make the Pigma Micron a favorite for many artists.

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5. Uni PIN Fine Line

The Uni PIN Fine Line technical pens come in 10 nib sizes, from 0.03mm to 0.8mm and a brush pen.

Fade proof and water resistant Ink.

In addition to black, sizes 0.1 and 0.5 come in 5 colors.

Uni PIN Fine Line technical pen Uni PIN Fine Line

Pros:

Cons:

Pen drawing of a sprarrow bird with UNI PIN Sparrow bird drawing with Uni PIN fine line

Conclusion:

Uni PIN Fine Line is another good example for a drawing pen. The nib size is well-written for ease of use.

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6. PITT Artist Pen

The Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen technical pens come in 4 nib sizes: 0.1mm, 0.3mm, 0.5mm and 0.7mm.

Pigmented and lightfast drawing ink.

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist technical pen PITT Artist Pen

Pros:

Cons:

Pen drawing Leaning Tower of Pisa Tower of Pisa with PITT

Conclusion:

Like other Faber-Castell products, these technical pens offer quality. They offer limited size range though. The Ecco Pigment (see above) is a better choice in my opinion.

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7. Edding 1800 Profipen

The Edding 1800 Profipen technical pens come in 4 nib sizes: 0.25mm, 0.35mm, 0.5mm and 0.7mm.

Lightfast, waterproof pigment ink.

These technical pens come in 4 colors: black, red, blue and green.

Edding 1800 profipen technical pen Edding 1800 Profipen

Pros:

Cons:

Crocodile drawing with edding 1800 pen Crocodile drawing with edding 1800

Conclusion:

The Edding 1800 is a good pen when it comes to ink quality but they are limited in nib sizes and the cap is too hard to open or close.

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8. Pilot Drawing Pen

Pilot Drawing Pen technical pens are water-based and come in 5 nib sizes: 0.28mm, 0.35mm, 0.4mm, 0.5mm and 0.8mm.

Water-resistant & light-resistant pigment ink.

3 colors to choose from: black, red and blue.

Pilot Drawing Pen technical pen Pilot Drawing Pen

Pros:

Cons:

Pen and ink Dalmatian dog drawing Dalmatian dog with Pilot Drawing Pen

Conclusion:

I use these pens only for quick sketches or writing since they are smooth.

Summary

There is a large selection of recommended brands for technical pens for drawing, sketching and writing. Some of them are high quality and expensive while others are affordable.

Technical pens are suitable for:

Important:

More examples for drawing with these technical pens can be found in the how to create depth tutorial.

For the biggest selection of online art supply, visit Blick Art Materials.

Keep in mind:

Another tool for drawing and sketching anything, anywhere, is a mechanical pencil.

The advantage of a mechanical pencil is that mistakes can be erased.

The advantage of a technical pen is that it is permanent and it does not smudge.

To learn more on how to use mechanical pencils, visit how to draw with a mechanical pencil.

The technical pen brand review and drawings were made with technical pens owned by the author.